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Around the Farm: June 1, 2012

Around the Farm: June 1, 2012
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Around the Farm was originated here at Indians Prospect Insider, and takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians’ prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Note: Columbus did not play on Friday because their game was postponed due to rain.

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Carolina): 2-for-2, 3 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB.

A perfect night at the plate for Moncrief as in four plate appearances he walked twice, homered and singled. Just for good measure he scored 3 runs and stole 2 bases. This game is a perfect example of why he is such an interesting prospect. Everyone knows he has a cannon for an arm and that he strikes out a ton, but when he puts it all together offensively he has the capability to impact a game in many different ways with his power, base-running ability, throwing arm, and patience at the plate. He is still extremely raw and has a long way to go as a prospect, and may never have much success in the upper levels, but it has been and will continue to be a joy to watch his development as a hitter going forward.

Steven Wright (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Wright is back to a 100% after missing close to two weeks of action because of a broken toe. He looks to have never skipped a beat as including the short buildup outing on Monday when he pitched 3.0 innings, he has now pitched 9.0 total innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits, 5 walks, and has 10 strikeouts. One of the most impressive stats of the season for any player in the Indians system is that Wright has now allowed 1 earned run or less in 8 of his 9 appearances this season, and the lone appearance he allowed more than one run was the game he broke his toe on May 11th (3.1 IP, 4 ER). He still has a ways to go with the knuckleball and probably will not be a Major League option until next year, but he is without a doubt squarely on the Major League radar. What a story he has become.

  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Akron): 4-for-5, R, 3 RBI. “Get me out of here and up to Columbus.”  That is what Fedroff has to be saying after a night like this, a night where he put up a season-best 4 hits and is the 6th time this season he has gone for 3 or more hits.
  • Chun Chen (DH, Akron): 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB. Chen continues to have a solid season as he has a nice .310/.392/.424 line in 49 games, but that is as a first baseman, and a defensive challenged one at the moment to boot. To get a ML chance he’s going to have to hit with a lot more power than he has shown to date.
  • Adam Abraham (1B, Akron): 1-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, K. Call me crazy, but right now Abraham is looking like the slightly better prospect than Chen at the moment. He is hitting .255/.350/.446 in 44 games, but he’s showing more thump, a better approach, and is a more versatile defender right now.
  • Nick Weglarz (LF, Akron): 2-for-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 K. A good game for Weglarz and something to build on. Something to note is this season he is hitting .147 with a .318 OPS against lefties and he is hitting .250 with a .815 OPS against righties (the homer on Friday was off a righty).
  • Ben Copeland (RF, Akron): 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Not a great game by any means by Copeland, but an example how even without getting a hit you can help your team win as he drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs.
  • Kyle Landis (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Another good night for Landis who has been very good for Akron this year.  Aside from one blow up inning on May 19th when he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in 1.0 inning, he’s been nearly perfect in his other 15 outings (27.1 IP, 15 H, 3 R/ER, 27 K).
  • Bryce Stowell (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Since returning from his arm issue the Indians have limited Stowell to one inning stints and given him at least two full off days between appearances. He still has yet to walk a batter in his 8 appearances as he has an incredible 0-21 walk to strikeout ratio in 11.0 innings.
  • Jeremie Tice (LF, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 3 K. It was a night of good and bad for Tice. He started off good with a solo homer in the 2nd inning, but then in his last three at bats he struck out. His 11 homers lead the Carolina League.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K. After a tough April (.203 AVG, .545 OPS), Rodriguez bounced back and had a solid May (.278 AVG, .719 OPS). With this game he is off to a good start in June.
  • Tyler Cannon (C, Carolina): 3-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K. This was easily Cannon’s best offensive performance of the season. His opportunities have been limited this season, but that is life as a role player off the bench. Hopefully this is the kickstart he needs to get his bat going again.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Carolina): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R (6 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Roberts had a solid showing with Mahoning Valley last year and had a good showing at Lake County earlier this season before being promoted to Carolina. But to date he has underwhelmed with his performance at Carolina.
  • Kyle Petter (RP, Carolina): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Another good outing for Petter who looks to have calmed down and settled in at Carolina as in his last 4 outings he has thrown 7.2 shutout innings allowing 2 hits, 3 walks, and has 8 strikeouts.
  • Shawn Armstrong (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Not a good night for Armstrong who showed a chink in his armor for just the second time this season, though, really, that is just baseball. He did not walk anyone and gave up three hits. It happens.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Lake County): 2-for-3, R, 3B. Smith is 6’4”, 205 pounds and not very fleet of foot. He also had only 1 triple in 65 games at Mahoning Valley last year. Yet this season he now has 5 triples in 41 games.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Lake County): 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Sabourin went hitless in what seems like forever, but even though his batting average took a hit and dropped, the important stat on-base percentage went up with 2 walks. He has really been locked in at the plate the last 10 games as he is hitting a very healthy .457/.525/.571 over that span.
  • Robel Garcia (2B, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI. Garcia is off to a great start in June after two poor months to open the season. The hope is that he comes on and plays like the interesting player he was last year in the AZL, but prior to this game he had shown no signs of doing that.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2K, 1 HR. Another solid effort by the 19-year old lefty Morimando.  Interestingly, so far he has struggled more against lefties (.262 AVG, 3 HR, .891 OPS) than righties (.242 AVG, 0 HR, .606 OPS).
  • Manuel Carmona (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Some roster moves are going to be made soon, and while Carmona has an interesting power arm, he just does not throw enough strikes. If he continues to pitch as he has, I’d be surprised if he is still with Lake County a month from now.
  • Jeff Johnson (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Johnson almost suffered from déjà vu as he came into a save situation in the middle of an inning for the second night in a row. This time though he came in with a 2 run lead and the bases empty, so while he allowed a run and two hits, he was able to work through it and close the door.

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